• Assistive Technology

    Bahrain Hosts UNDP’s Youth Leadership Programme

    MANAMA: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bahrain has organized the Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) for the first time in Bahrain. The YLP that took place from August to November was part of Youth City 2030 at the International Exhibition and Conventions Centre. The final session was held at the United Nations House in… Continue Reading »

    Transforming Services and Promoting Rights in Mental Health – Launch of Quality Rights Guidance and Training Tools

    Geneva: On the occasion of International Human Rights Day 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) hosted an event with the co-sponsorship of the Permanent Missions of Brazil and Portugal, and officially launched the WHO Quality Rights capacity building and guidance tools “Transforming Services and Promoting Rights in Mental Health”. The event was opened by remarks by… Continue Reading »

    The 12th Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum

    Geneva, Switzerland: The 2nd Vice President of GAATES, Mr. Vashkar Bhattacharjee attended the twelfth annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), representing the Global Alliance of Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), Young Power in Social Action, a2i, and also as one of the Internet Society (ISoc) Ambassadors 2017. As an IGF ISoc Ambassador, he… Continue Reading »

    TCD student engineers develop app to help people with an intellectual disability

    IRELAND: Graduate research engineers at Trinity College Dublin have developed a new smartwatch and smartphone based platform to help people with an intellectual disability to get from place to place by themselves more easily. waytoB gives users simple step-by-step instructions that are inputted by a carer who is then able to monitor their progress on… Continue Reading »

    Making the Internet more Accessible for Canadian Seniors

    Making the Internet more Accessible for Canadian Seniors Cosmin Muntaneaufrom the University of Toronto aims to help Canada’s senior citizens feel more confident and safer when using the internet. Seniors are terrified of falling victim to scams which prevent them from accessing the variety of enhanced services from trusted providers including banks and healthcare services which forms… Continue Reading »

    IT dept, Austrian academy join hands to develop assistive technology

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: In its effort to provide assistive technology to people with motor disabilities, International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS), an organization under state IT department, will collaborate with AsTeRICS Academy in Austria. The European academy will support ICFOSS in developing its capabilities in a range of assistive tools to support individuals… Continue Reading »

    Making digital technologies more accessible to Canadians with disabilities

    OTTAWA: As a result of a new $22.3-million program, more Canadians with disabilities will have access to the digital tools they need to fully participate in society and get access to the well-paying jobs of today and tomorrow. The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, today launched the Accessible Technology Program, a… Continue Reading »

    3D printed “magic shoes” make life easier for children with disabilities

    SYNNEY, AUSTRALIA: At 17, Melissa Fuller left her Western Sydney high school with no idea about what she wanted to do. Twelve years later, she is co-founder of AbilityMate, an entrepreneurial group of designers, engineers and allied health professionals who use 3D printing to manufacture customised posture and mobility equipment for children with disabilities. The… Continue Reading »

    Google’s Chrome OS to soon get dictation as an accessibility feature

    Google’s Chrome OS will soon get support for dictation as an accessibility feature. Currently the only way you can enable this is through extensions. Google Docs supports this feature on all platforms including Chrome OS. On Chromebooks with Google Play Store support, there could be some Android apps as well. However, with this new feature,… Continue Reading »